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Poster: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan Date: Nov 15, 2008 11:46am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Why are no pre-1980 Aussie TV broadcasts on DVD?

Why???

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 15, 2008 5:27pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Why are no pre-1980 Aussie TV broadcasts on DVD?

There are a few on DVD. The Crawfords catalogue is distributed by Umbrella Entertainment and they have started to put suff out on DVD. It's mostly 70s stuff - Number 96, Dave Allen Show in Australia, Blankety Blanks, Petrov Affair, The Young Doctors. Umbrella had a survey to see what sort of interest there was in other shows. Don't know what became of it.

The main issue with pre 68 stuff is lack of archive content and a grey area of copyright law. Broadcasts were not protected by copyright until the 1968 Copyright law. So it is questionable whether these broadcasts are protected by the 50 year term of broadcast copyright or whether they are protected at all, as Australian copyright law is not retrospective in nature.

In the hey day of Public Domain video in Aus a label called "Video Central" used to release eps of Star Trek, Perry Mason, Hogan's Heroes, Adams Family, Felony Squad, Peter Gunn, Alfred Hitchcock, and so many more under the pre-68 PD theory.

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Poster: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan Date: Nov 15, 2008 6:13pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Why are no pre-1980 Aussie TV broadcasts on DVD?

Wow, They released the crapfest "Number 96" on DVD? No wonder 70's TV has such a bad reputation here!